Regardless of his unceremonious exit from M*A*S*H, Wayne was apparently provided a possibility to reprise the position he’d performed within the collection in his personal spinoff present, Trapper John, M.D. Regardless of a assure that his character would have a greater growth arc on this collection, as Trapper would then be the present’s principal character, he determined to say no the provide. On the time, he claimed he did not wish to get typecast into doctor roles and wished to develop his appearing attain.
As an alternative, Trapper was performed by Pernell Roberts, who had portrayed Adam Cartwright in Bonanza previous to the position. Although this spinoff collection was not as fashionable as the unique present, Trapper John, M.D. ran for seven seasons, airing its collection finale in 1986.
In line with ScreenRant, the present was concerned in a lawsuit because the M*A*S*H creators claimed the collection was a by-product of their present. As an alternative, the Trapper John, M.D. creators argued it was a by-product of the unique 1970 film.